49

Here it is! Today is my 49th birthday. The first day of the last year of my 40s.And, things are good! Here are some of the things I’ve been doing since my 48th birthday:I’m working on completing my dissertation, with an eye on graduating in May.I have …

46- My Birthday Tattoo

It’s my birthday!

Today also marks 8 years of blogging. 

Every year, I blog on my birthday. It helps me look back over the past birthday posts to see where I was, and realize what an amazing year it’s been – and then I think about how I’ll look back next year and be even more amazed.

In year 45, these things happened:
  • I published 5 books.
  • I started and completed the first part (Bachelor’s degree) of a Metaphysical Ph. D program with the University of Sedona.
  • I started an author website for myself (AliceLangholt.com).
  • I became certified to officiate weddings (I’m booked for two weddings in 2016!)
  • I created a new idea to make 2016 more meaningful for everyone.
  • One daughter became a Bat Mitzvah (I threw the party – that was a lot of planning!)
  • Another daughter spent a month at Brandeis University over the summer.
  • I made it through a season as a Marching Band Mom.
  • My son started going to a magnet middle school for the highly gifted student.
  • I went to Iowa on a Transcendental Meditation Retreat.
  • I was in a musical with all four kids and my husband.
  • And lots, lots more. What an amazing year!!

I also started realizing some deep, spiritual things about life. That’s the biggest part for me. My studies, and introspection, have led me to understand that there is a true essence of who we are. This true essence is not our thoughts, not our feelings, not our bodies. It’s not our experiences, or even our gifts and talents. All of those are like clouds- they pass along. What stays? What is underneath all of that? The part that’s left is the part that I am when I’m offering Reiki to another person – because that’s the part that connects us all to each other. It’s not a part, really, it’s the real me. Bigger than any perception of individuality.


And so, I ask myself, what IS this real me made of? What characteristics does it have? It is not emotions, thoughts, or matter. What IS it? 

Love. It’s love. 

I know this because from a deep, spiritual place of knowing, comes the understanding that Love is what heals. Love is what soothes. Love is what we are when we’re doing and being our very best selves. 

A few months ago, I woke in the morning with the words, “Live Love” in my mind. I turned those words over and over. The real me is Love, so that’s who should live AS me. This Love, it’s infinite. 

I started to think of a design. An infinity sign, with the words Live Love entwined at the “v”. I sketched it out, and sent it to a graphic artist.

And… 
Yesterday, I got my first (and probably my only) tattoo. I did this because I want to wear my biggest, strongest insight and value. I want it to remind me daily, in its beauty and message, of who I am, so I can always come back to BEing Love.

Here it is (this is a real picture of my arm, with fresh tattoo):
My first tattoo.
It stung a bit, but didn’t hurt as much as I was afraid it might. I have also been applying Reiki liberally to help it heal, along with the other care instructions my artist gave me.

Something even nicer is that my husband, Evan, got his first tattoo too. He got an OM symbol, chosen for the same basic reason – because he meditates, and the word OM represents the sound that is all things – the infinite. This is his own way of expressing it. We both got tattoos placed a couple inches below the wrist. And we did it together. So we’re sharing another bonding experience – and I love that.

Immediately after getting the tattoo, I met a new Reiki client at my office for a session. It was wonderful for us both. Last night, I took my daughters out to dinner (the guys were volunteering for the Salvation Army Angels and then at the basketball game at Verizon Center). Right before I paid the tab, an amount just more than my tab arrived in my paypal account. I was blessed, at the perfect time, with the opportunity to send a distance healing. 

So far, 46 is turning out to be an epic year. 
Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

A New Age Bracket

Today is my birthday. I started this blog eight years ago, so it’s also my blogversary! 

I take some time every year to consider how far I’ve come in the last year, and also since I started my blog, which I consider the time of the most significant change in my career, the beginning of my spiritual connection, and the start of living my true life’s calling. 

I went back and read last year’s post to remind myself where I was last year. It’s always amazing to me to realize just how much happens in a year. Last year on this day, we had just recently moved here to Maryland, and were in the process of trying to sell our house in Ohio. I had just launched my Reiki Awakening Academy website, and was working on learning to update it and use the ecommerce system. My kids had started new schools, and I was looking for a place to practice Reiki locally.

Since then, I’m more at home here, our Ohio house is sold, the RAA website is doing well for us, my oldest daughter started High School, and all of the kids have adjusted beautifully. My husband has made great strides in his new job and loves it. I found a perfectly suited office to rent space in as needed, and have some regular clients. I’ve been teaching at The Institute for Spiritual Development, and have more classes scheduled there for 2015. Seven  weeks ago, I published a new product and started a new website for it. (This is a great time to get A Moment for Me Calendar, by the way!) Over 100 have sold already, and they are carried in four stores so far. I’m working on a new line of books for A Moment for Me now. I was interviewed in US News & World Report for an article called “What is Reiki?” 

Year 44 was a great blessing indeed. 

Today I’m 45. It’s funny, but I keep thinking about how on surveys and registration forms that ask you to check which age group you’re in, now I’m in a new age bracket, the one called 45-55. I’ve been joking that I hope there are perks in this new group, like graduating to a new level of life. What awaits? Better food? Special VIP access? Secret meetings? I picture an envelope arriving with a code for a secret knock, and an address. I imagine going to that address, and knocking on the door the special way, and being granted access, but no one under 45 is allowed in. They check my ID, and let me in, closing the door firmly behind me. What wonders await inside?

So far, my body has granted me some interesting temperature modulations. I’m told that’s part of it. Interesting. Especially at night when I need to throw off the covers, only to pull them on again in about 2 minutes as I start to shiver. But, I’m sure there are more enjoyable perks awaiting. 

As last year was the year of the angels, (44 is the angel number in numerology), I’ve decided that this year of my life is the year of perks. I’m going to put the expectation out there that all kinds of abundance is flowing into this 45th year, even better than before. I’m in! The perks of being 45 are amazing, and wonderful, and I can’t wait to experience them!

And that, my friends, is how you manifest a great year.
Happy birthday, me!

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

44


Today is my birthday. I started this blog on my birthday, seven years ago. So every year I write a birthday post. 

I’m 44.

I’ve been seeing the number 44 around me all over the place lately. It’s always something:44 when I look at the clock. My bill is $x.44 anywhere I’m shopping lately. The license plate of the car ahead of me is like a running stream of 4s. The email I click on was written 44 minutes ago, and has 44 words in it. It’s grabbed my attention over and over again.

Here’s the meaning of 44, from a lovely website called Angel Numbers. This is a quote from Joanne Walmsley, from whose website this is shared:

ANGEL NUMBER 44


Number 44 carries the doubled vibrations of the number 4, making its energies and influences magnified.  Number 4 resonates with the attributes of support and stability, establishing solid foundations for the self and others, willpower and effort, ability and worthiness, hard work and achieving success, wholeness and inner-wisdom. Number 4 is associated with our passions and drive.

Angel Number 44 asks that you pay attention to your intuition and inner-wisdom as your connection with your angels and the angelic realm is very strong at this time.  You are encouraged to continue on your current path as your drive and determination will lead to success and fulfillment.

When the Angel Number 44 appears repeatedly, it is a message that you are being surrounded by helpful, loving angels who wish to bring you peace of mind and joy of heart.  The repeating Angel Number 44 indicates that you are being given support and encouragement along your path, and when faced with an obstacle, rest assured that your angels are most willing to assist. Be assured that solutions to any issues or problems will soon be revealed.

Angel Number 44 is a message that the angels and Archangels are with you, encouraging and guiding you.  They are offering you inner-strength and support to enable you to get the work done that you need to in order to attain and achieve your goals and aspirations.  They know and understand that you have been toiling diligently towards your goals, and encourage you to continue on your current path to achieve the success and results you desire.  Work with the angels to ensure success in all of your endeavours.

Angel Number 44 is a message that you have nothing to fear in regards to your life, work and Divine life purpose and soul mission.  The angels surround and support you, encouraging you to keep up the good work you have been doing. The angels and Archangels are always available for help and guidance  –  all you need to do is ask.

So, this is my year of 44. I like the idea of having a little extra support this year. One reason is that we moved to Maryland a couple months ago, after living in Ohio for…oh, all of our lives. So here, I’m starting over in terms of friends, contacts, business, and finding my way around. 

I do love the area, am meeting new people, and can now successfully navigate to a few places without my GPS. Progress!

Another reason I could use some support is that my new website launched a month ago, and I’m trying to make sure that people know about it. I’m learning marketing, OpenCart, and some coding on the fly – “fly-learning” always seems to be the way I operate. I have big ideas and I’m putting them into play at hyperspeed, trying not to trip over my own feet in the process. Angels, please help me not break anything as I go along!

I have a house in Cleveland (University Heights for anyone who is looking – here’s the listing!) that I’d REALLY like to sell. This is a very good year for some extra angelic help!

But I also recognize how much support I’m already getting. Amazing, fast and surprising things have happened since we moved here. I’ve made friends with people who are just perfect in my life. I have teaching opportunities starting, and more manifesting. I have new ideas which are becoming reality. I have a sense of purpose and confidence that I’m moving in the right direction, despite the pressure to keep the momentum going. 

So, this year in particular, I’m going to make a practice daily of reaching out to my angel helpers to support me in doing all I’m meant to do to live my purpose. Whether little things, or big things, I know that I’m being helped and guided. 

And I’m very grateful to be in this place and time, with my amazing kids and supportive husband, and with the knowledge that my angels are with me. 

Please comment if you feel guided to add your thoughts.

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

43 in 13

It’s my birthday and the 5th anniversary of the day I started this blog.

I went back and read last year’s post and am grateful for the progress in achieving my goals, and the new goals that I’ve added.

But I’m not going to talk about those things this year. I just want to share my day.

There’s a lot of hoopla going on right now. People are all excited over tomorrow, 12-21-12, and the Winter Solstice too. Energy people I’ve spoken with are talking about the intensity of the energy they feel. I can’t say that I’m as swept away as some are, but I do feel a sort of intensity. Plus, with the recent events in the news, who doesn’t feel the intense energy right now?

So that was all the more reason for my choosing to spend this birthday on myself. Time for some “me time”!

Here’s what I did today to celebrate my birthday:


  • I met a Facebook friend (who I’ve never met in person) at a lovely little bakery cafe for some breakfast and really great “Reiki talk”. Her name is Michelle Winkler, and her website is http://www.createhealingreiki.com/.
  • I went to see my very favorite massage therapist, John Goad, for a very nurturing 2-hour massage. Not only is John amazing as a massage therapist, but he incorporates energy work, aromatherapy, and  myofacial release techniques. I had the honor of teaching John Practical Reiki two years ago. His energy work is very powerful! The whole experience was wonderful. If you’re within 2 hours drive of Mantua, Ohio, an appointment with John is well worth the trip!
  • Then I got my driver’s license renewed (it expired today). The man taking the pictures at the dmv was smiling and so nice that it’s my best driver’s license picture ever!
  • I came home, made a nice dinner, spent some time with the kids, and now I’m enjoying a quiet glass of wine while I share my day with you lovely readers.

  • My new Energy Healing Cards (which I just published!) came and they look really great! They are now available on Amazon as a gift for the energy healer you are or the energy healer you know.(Energy Healing Cards are a tool for anyone practicing Reiki or other energy healing techniques. Beautiful, full color cards each feature an intention and an affirmation to inspire and encourage your daily healing practice. Choose a card for extra healing, meditation or journaling, or inspiration. Many uses and lots of healing potential in every card. 44 cards plus an instruction card. 3.5 x 5″, rounded corners, laminated, packaged in shrink wrap and sent in an organza drawstring bag.)
So I’m sharing all of this with you because it was such a lovely day. I’m so very grateful that I had the chance to take some time for myself. I promised myself I wouldn’t wait a year to do it again.

The message here (there’s always a message, isn’t there?) is that especially when stress is in the news, our work, and energies surrounding us are high, we NEED to take time to care for our bodies and our souls. Whether it’s your birthday or not, this is really important. It helps us stay at our best to manage all we do. 

May you all enter the new age refreshed and ready. 

Happy holidays and new year too!
Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary

Today is my 40th birthday! It’s also the second anniversary of the day I began this blog. It is a good day for some reflection on how things have changed in the past year or two, and I’m filled with gratitude for so many things in my life.

Here is where I was one year ago today.

Here is my first post, two years ago today.

Since last year, I’ve begun teaching Reiki locally in two different wellness centers here in the Cleveland area, in addition to launching my website, and connecting with many new friends and students on Twitter and Facebook. I was interviewed about Reiki on four different radio shows. I’ve started writing about Reiki for OwningPink.com and PaganPages.org. I’ve had the blessing of teaching at least 150 more students in the past year as well. Reiki teaching is becoming a more central focus in my life, and it feels really right. It’s wonderful to feel that things are moving in this direction and I look forward to what will be developing in the year to come.

I’m so grateful for the opportunities that have been opening for me, for those who have connected with me to learn and receive Reiki, and for the awesome support of my husband and family, which is continuous. I am filled with love and gratitude within and feel it surrounding me. It’s a great way to begin this milestone year of my life.

Thank you for reading my blog, and for commenting. All of you are appreciated and I send love and light to you all.

Peace,
Alice

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt